'Another Day Another Lie' – Donald Trump Falsely Claimed the US Has Its Highest Murder Rate in 47 Years and He's Getting Absolutely Reamed

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 7:  (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he meets with county sheriffs including Harold Eavenson, sheriff from Rockwall County, Texas, right, and Carolyn Welsh, sheriff from Chester County, Pennsylvania, during a listening session in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Trump administration will return to court Tuesday to argue it has broad authority over national security and to demand reinstatement of a travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries that stranded refugees and triggered protests. (Photo by Andrew Harrer - Pool/Getty Images)

'Another Day Another Lie' – Donald Trump Falsely Claimed the US Has Its Highest Murder Rate in 47 Years and He's Getting Absolutely Reamed

Many find this behavior coming from the president intolerable.

Published February 8, 2017

On Tuesday, President Trump met with U.S. sheriffs at the White House, where they discussed crime. At some point during the listening session, Trump claimed the murder rate is at a record high.

"I'd say that in a speech and everybody was surprised because the press doesn't like to tell it like it is," Trump said in the meeting. "It wasn't to their advantage to say that. The murder rate is the highest it's been in I guess 45-47 years."

  1. During the listening session, Trump not only made a falsehood about the crime rate, but he also compared Chicago to a war zone
  2. Despite President Trump's lie about the crime rate, data indicates that crime is actually at a historic low
  3. CNN's Jake Tapper questioned Kellyanne Conway about the egregious claims made by the president
  4. Additionally, criminal statistic experts believe the president is manipulating data in a concerning way

    Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox told Buzzfeed News that Trump is “misunderstanding the situation.”

    In between the year 2014 and 2015, there was a small spike in crime; however, that was because a record low was reached in 2014.

    According to the FBI, in 2014 there were only 4.5 murders per 100,000 people in the United States.

    “Basically, we’re a victim of our own success,” Fox told Buzzfeed. “If we had not brought our homicide rate down by half in 25 years we wouldn’t be saying this jump was so remarkable. For example, say you’re 300 pounds, you go on a diet and you lose 200 pounds, then you put on 10. It doesn’t mean you’re back where you were.”

  5. As the president continues to make false claims about the country, people are demanding we hold him accountable

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Andrew Harrer - Pool/Getty Images)


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